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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2019 - 12:28pm PT

Erik Werenskiold's drawing of Fridtjof Nansen


And then from the life of Fridjof Nansen - photos and some of his drawings:

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 11:35am PT

Rewild the mountain: https://rewild.no/ (teaser)

I am the spirit of the wild
that protects and preserves
the very meaning of your soul
by breaking down your steps
in small pieces...


This ski movie portrays the value and beauty of wild nature and the joy of being in nature. Nature is not only our playground it is the premise for life and our fundament. Often, ski movies portray the human using nature as a playground, in a hectic and action oriented way, where the human ego is in center.

This movie is rather portraying the importance of being present, of enjoying and take in the mighty surroundings the mountains have to offer. The movie is not the standard ski movies, it is eco-philosophical, it shows compositions where man is small in big scenery and it is slow moving as this is how I experience being in nature - not hectic but harmonious and peaceful.
The movie has no dialogue, but a Norwegian poet has developed a narrative to accentuate the essence of the movie in words, to strengthen the images and make the message of the movie even clearer. The poetry is written by Øyvind Egeland.

Magnificent wild nature provides possibilities for reflection. The film is a result of thoughts and reflections that have come out of years spent in the mountains. Feeling insignificant and small in large nature is humbling and this humbleness we need to take with us in our lives.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2019 - 12:13pm PT
The trailer looks godt!* Looks to be shot around Romsdal?
Didn’t see ANY woods!

*even if they used a drone 😡
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 12:32pm PT

Rewilded forest for you, Reilly: First Fidjadalen 1927, then today...

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2019 - 12:44pm PT
Amazing! Hvorfor? Og sammen våningshus!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 01:04pm PT

The farm at Fed - an old manor. The wealth in part came from a hulder.

A walk through Fidjadalen offers many experiences. There’s a rich bird life, and some plants that are not quite common. There are traces of beaver, and there are deer, although they are not easy to spot. There is trout if you want fishing. The wear on some stones along the path upwards shows that people have walked here for thousands of years. This is a cultural landscape in it’s best sense. The path up the Fidjadalen valley can be difficult to follow. It goes over the scree in the height along Månvannet before it continues at Huldrehaugane. Some believe it is easier to walk on the right side upwards along the Månvannet. This is possible if the water flow and the water level are low, but the river must then be crossed. It can be difficult to get through Fidjadalen early in the year because of ice and snow. The valley is also difficult to get down on skis - although some have done so. By extremely large water flow, it can be difficult and somewhat dangerous to pass the Fidjafossen waterfall.

The farm at Fed was known as a manor and they owned large areas of land. It is said that butter prices fell when the farmer from Fed came to town with his butter. It is also told that a son of the farmer was married to a hulder. Some of the wealth on the farm should come from her.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2019 - 01:08pm PT
Does the huldra come with a medgift?
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2019 - 01:11pm PT

Huldra is both wealthy and mighty... but I doubt "medgift" is an issue. She usually means trouble... The son at Fed must have been lucky with his hulder.
Todd Eastman

Social climber
Putney, VT
Jan 14, 2019 - 03:45pm PT
Wonderful thread!

Thanks
ionlyski

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Jan 14, 2019 - 05:03pm PT
Thanks so much Marlow for all your time and energy. I wish my father was still around to enjoy and contribute to this thread.

Mange tak,
Arne
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2019 - 05:07pm PT
Oh, Arne, unnskyld! “Much roof”? 😳🤓
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2019 - 09:34am PT

Arne.

If you have memories related to Norway left by your father, you are more than welcome to share...

Norway now has three times as much forest as before WW2: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1941764&msg=2928545#msg2928545
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2019 - 11:31am PT

Fay Wildhagen is a talented Norwegian singer/songwriter

Into the woods
[Click to View YouTube Video]

"You are safe with me
Don't worry with the wind chasing the sea
Breathe out Breathe in
Listen to trees caught by the wind
So come on give in
There nothing left to win
Aaahh"

I think Johan Wildhagen who made the film "Rewild the mountain" is her father.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Jan 17, 2019 - 07:38pm PT
Speaking (and singing) of the wind,


This past December 20 we had a windstorm. Many trees went down.

A person who lives nearby posted a video of two tall trees falling in tandem near their house. It may happen that the root systems of trees close to each other intertwine. This can protect the trees from falling in high winds. The person whose video I saw also posted a much-viewed video (by Thaddeus Moore, perhaps) of wind affecting trees in a forest in Quebec.


[Click to View YouTube Video]





My wife got another book recently that reminded me of this thread. It is photos and stories from Iceland. From one of the stories,

There are few places where the wind blows as hard as at the base of the Eyjafjöll mountains. A storm was brewing when I came. Björn Halldórsson from Holt wanted to feed his horses before the weather broke loose but the hay blew away as soon as he let it go so the horses had to snatch bites out of the air.

The wind grew worse. Vigfús, a farmer at Berjanes, saw his barn roof rise in one piece and fly away only to crash to the ground a few hundred meters from the house. The roofs of Vigfús’ outbuildings had all blown away before.

Yet the horses at Holt didn’t blow away. They planted their feet in the ground until the storm blew over.

The power lines were mended and roofs rebuilt. After each gale the farmers buy longer nails.






I believe that the use of the image is okay according to fair use guidelines.

Further info here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnar_Axelsson



Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2019 - 10:13am PT

MH2

After each gale the farmers buy longer nails.

Some nails from Finnskogen. The longest one is 25 cm long.


Ragnar Axelsson is new to me. Superb photography...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2019 - 10:31am PT

Norway has some very talented young musicians at the moment. Here's two of them. Let's first stay in the woods: Aurora - Runaway

[Click to View YouTube Video]

And then to the mountains: Sondre Justad in concert at Festvågtinden, Henningsvær, in Lofoten: "Tett inntil mæ" (Stay close to me)

[Click to View YouTube Video]

I have to thank two colleagues at work, Malin and Bo, for pointing in the direction of the younger generation...
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 18, 2019 - 12:14pm PT
That Ragnar Axelsson is big time! Quite the large and impressive body of work.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2019 - 12:20pm PT

More Ragnar Axelsson...

When Ragnar Axelsson was a boy, back in Iceland, he shot and killed a bird. He says he still feels bad about it. Yet for three decades he has followed the fortunes of Inuit hunters in Greenland, capturing on camera the last throes of a harpooned whale or a cornered polar bear. The chase for a bear can take days, he says, as men and dogs follow pawprints in subzero temperatures. “It gets to the stage where either the bear falls or they fall . . . which is why one feels in the last moments that they share a type of respect for each other.”

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2019 - 01:23pm PT

The new Oodi library in Helsinki


"A library card was the first thing that was mine, that I had ever owned,” says Nasima Razmyar. The daughter of a former Afghan diplomat, Razmyar arrived in Finland with her family in 1992 as a refugee fleeing political unrest. Unable to speak the language, with scant resources, and trying to make sense of the strange new city she found herself in, she was stunned to discover she was entitled to a library card that would grant her books – for free. Her appreciation of the privilege has not faded: “I still have that library card in my wallet today,” she says proudly.

Today, Razmyar is deputy mayor of Helsinki, and ready to champion the institution that has given her so much – starting with the construction of Oodi, the city’s new central library. She is not alone in her passion for libraries. “Finland is a country of readers,” declared the country’s UK ambassador Päivi Luostarinen recently, and it’s hard to argue with her. In 2016 the UN named Finland the world’s most literate nation, and Finns are among the world’s most enthusiastic users of public libraries – the country’s 5.5m million people borrow close to 68m books a year.

In recognition of that fact, at a time when libraries worldwide are facing budget cuts, a decline in users and closure, Finland is bucking the trend. According to local authority figures from 2016, the UK spends just £14.40 per head on libraries. By contrast, Finland spends £50.50 per inhabitant. While more than 478 libraries have closed in cities and towns across England, Wales and Scotland since 2010, Helsinki is spending €98m creating an enormous new one. Not content with merely building a library, the Finns have gone public with their passion: Mind-building, the Finnish pavilion at this year’s Venice architecture biennale, is a love letter to the nation’s literary landmarks.

Oodi – Ode in English – is more than a sober monument to civic pride. Commissioned as part of Finland’s celebration of a century of independence, the library is no mere book repository. “I think Finland could not have given a better gift to the people. It symbolises the significance of learning and education, which have been fundamental factors for Finland’s development and success,” says Razmyar.

Libraries are seen as the visible face of the Finnish belief in education, equality and good citizenship. “There’s strong belief in education for all,” says Hanna Harris, director of Archinfo Finland and Mind-building’s commissioner. “There is an appreciation of active citizenship – the idea that it is something that everyone is entitled to. Libraries embody that strongly,” she adds.


Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2019 - 10:05am PT

Gro Steinsland: Dovrefjell i tusen aar. Mytene, historien og diktningen. (Mount Dovre for a thousand years. The myths, the history and the poetry.) Dovre has been important when building the country that Norway today is.

My own associative comment:
The Norwegian workers movement with log drivers and people working in the forest found inspiration in the king sagas when they, poor as they were, in the 1920s/early 1930s stood up against the forest owners and demanded their fair share of the value created by their work. Many of them were communists in their own way. Against great resistance from forest owners, bourgeois politicians and their police, and after a long struggle, they were finally able to organize, and they demanded and got a collective agreement. Martin Tranmæl was one of the Norwegian politicians playing an important role, even he inspired by the king sagas.

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